Looks like Gael monfils has a clone on the junior tour. He is born on 9th February 1992 (17yrs old) and will play in the semi final at RG after he beat the third seed, the Argentinian Andrea Collarini. He is a tall guy (1M88), from Guadeloupe, and his favorite surface is clay. He has a very good serve, runs very well, and has a double handed backhand.
In 2009 he won one G1 (Open International Juniors de Beaulieu sur Mer
), and one G2 (Istres International Junior Tournament
), both in France and on clay.
He was also finalist at the Banana Bowl
(Brazil, G1, on clay) and at the Solarwood Luxembourg Indoor Junior Open
Overall he has won so far this year 23 matches on clay for only 4 defeats.
Mina and Mladenovic reach round of last eight in ParisThe French tricolore was flying high over Roland Garros on Wednesday as Gianni Mina and Kristina Mladenovic reached the quarter-finals of their respective junior singles events.
Eleventh seed Mina, who looks and plays a lot like Gael Monfils, battled past Swede Patrk Brydolf 76 26 62 to take his place in a last eight that includes players from seven nations.
Mina even had to cope with the net falling down during his match with Brydolf, who hit back well in the second set before being outplayed in the third.
“I don’t know what happened,” Mina laughed. “It was funny, I served without the net, so I thought that was quite amusing.”
Brydolf made a superb start as he raced to a 5-1 lead but he recovered brilliantly to take the set.
“At 5-2, my opponent was relaxing a bit,” he said. “I managed to get the 5-3 game and I got some confidence back, and from then on I had the right attitude.”
Mina is hoping to become the fourth home player to win the title this century, following on from Paul-Henri Mathieu (2000), Richard Gasquet (2002) and Monfils (2004).
Like Monfils, Mina struggles with tendinitis in his knees, but he too is a superb mover around the court and his hard work in the gym helped him wear down Brydolf.
“During the last couple of tournaments I have played, I have made mental progress and I took advantage of that,” he said. “Today I was really motivated so I was able to find the energy from deep down.”
Mina will now play third seed Andrea Collarini of Argentina, who cruised past Yannik Reuter 64 61.